Goodreads Monday- The Fifth Season

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme where we randomly select a book from our Goodreads To Be Read list and show it off. It’s hosted by Lauren at Lauren’s Page Turners, so remember to link back to her page so we can see what everyone’s planning to read.

19161852The Fifth Season
by N.K. Jemisin
468 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Published: August 2015


Three terrible things happen in a single day.

Essun, masquerading as an ordinary schoolteacher in a quiet small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Mighty Sanze, the empire whose innovations have been civilization’s bedrock for a thousand years, collapses as its greatest city is destroyed by a madman’s vengeance. And worst of all, across the heartland of the world’s sole continent, a great red rift has been been torn which spews ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.

But this is the Stillness, a land long familiar with struggle, and where orogenes — those who wield the power of the earth as a weapon — are feared far more than the long cold night. Essun has remembered herself, and she will have her daughter back.

She does not care if the world falls apart around her. Essun will break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.

I’ve heard about N.K. Jemisin’s books from multiple sources, and given that both the first and second installments of The Broken Earth trilogy won the Hugo Award, it has to be amazing. I’m planning to read books by majority non-Western or non-white writers for at least the first few months of 2018, so I think that The Fifth Season and its follow-up, The Obelisk Gate, will be near the top of that reading list.

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